While almost 2/3 of the population of El Hatillo is economically active, finding consistent work and income is a challenge for community members. Families grow corn and beans in the community, and have started planting sorghum in response to severe drought in the region recently. While some work can be found throughout the year working other’s land or harvesting coffee seasonally, there is little business activity within the community itself.
With the support of Global Brigades, a new Cooperative was established in El Hatillo, facilitating the start-up of the new community business, a lime orchard. Twenty-six families have invested in the purchase of lime trees to be planted in the community. In collaboration with the Cooperative, limes will be harvested and packaged for sale in local supermarkets. In addition, the group is undertaking a reforestation initiative to battle drought conditions in the community.